On-Demand Audio: Electronics and Incantations at 2014 Ferus Festival

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New-music mainstay, violinist Cornelius Dufallo joined singer Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach) and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh on May 15 for a set of exploratory, original music as part of the third night of VisionIntoArt's 2014 Ferus Festival at The Stone.

The evening opened with For Mickey – a pensive memorial to the late arts patron Mickey Straus co-written and performed by Davis and Dufallo. Both musicians were fed into a loop pedal, creating spacious and often eerie textures.

All of the pieces were performed without break, each blending seamlessly into the next. Davis's Helga Mania, a work with buzzing, looped vocal effects and steady narration gave way to Dufallo's expansive Aphelion for solo clarinet. The title refers to the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is farthest from the Sun. 

Composer-clarinetist Kinan Azmeh's A Sad Morning, Every Morning matched trance-like tones in the clarinet with wordless cries for voice, before transitioning into Dufallo's reverb- and electronics-heavy Passacaglia for solo violin. The concert concluded with an arrangement for all three composer-performers of Azmeh's electric, ritualistic How Many Would it Take?.

VisionIntoArt (VIA), the multimedia production company co-founded at the Juilliard School in 1999 by composer Paola Prestini has commissioned works from composers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers and other artists, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaborative projects.

Complete Program:

Helga Davis and Cornelius Dufallo - For Mickey

Helga Davis - Helga Mania

Cornelius Dufallo - Aphelion

Kinan Azmeh - A Sad Morning, Every Morning

Cornelius Dufallo - Passacaglia

Kinan Azmeh - How Many Would It Take?

This concert was recorded and mixed by Jay Eigenmann.